The Fateful Day

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The Fateful Day
Directed by Shahram Asadi
Written by Bahram Beyzai
Starring Ezzatolah Entezami, Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Zhaleh Olov, Mehdi Fat'hi, Hossein Panahi, Ladan Mostofi
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Running time
105 minutes
Country Iran
Language Persian

The Fateful Day (Persian : روز واقعه), is a 1994 Iranian film based on a script of the same name by Bahram Beyzai. The film is directed by Shahram Asadi. It is generally, but perhaps not unanimously, known as the finest religious picture in Iran [1] [2] and attracts great popular and critical attention. Its cast includes a large number of Iranian cinema stars. Wheeler W. Dixon describes it as "an enormous hit in its home country." [3]

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

This is a list of films released in 1994. The top worldwide grosser was The Lion King, becoming the highest-grossing Walt Disney Feature Animation film of all-time, although it was slightly overtaken at the North American domestic box office by Forrest Gump, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Iran Country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia and officially known as the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. The country's central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the country's capital and largest city, as well as its leading economic and cultural center.


The Script

Beyzai's scrreenplay was already published as a well-known book ten years prior to when the film was made. [4] The hugely lauded script was offered to Shahram Asadi in order to be made into a movie. The film was produced and immediately became a hit. [5]

Bahram Beyzai Iranian film director

Bahrām Beyzāie is a critically and popularly acclaimed filmmaker, playwright, theatre director, screenwriter, film editor, and ostād ("master") of Persian letters, arts and Iranian studies.


The story is of a Christian youth who converts to Islam for the love of a Muslim girl at the time of Husayn ibn Ali. At the wedding, he hears voices calling for help. He leaves the ceremony and takes a journey to Karbala. But he arrives after the Battle of Karbala.

Husayn ibn Ali the grandson of Muhammad, son of Ali ibn Abi Talib and Fatimah bint Muhammad. Revered by Shia Muslims

Al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī ibn Abi Talib was a grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and a son of Ali ibn Abi Talib and Muhammad's daughter Fatimah. He is an important figure in Islam as he was a member of the Bayt (Household) of Muhammad and the Ahl al-Kisā', as well as the third Shia Imam.

Karbala Place in Iraq

Karbala, also Kerbala, is a city in central Iraq, located about 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Baghdad, and a few dozen miles east of Lake Milh. Karbala is the capital of Karbala Governorate, and has an estimated population of 700,000 people (2015).


The film won numerous awards at the thirteenth Fajr Film Festival: [6]

  1. Best Makeup
  2. Best Set Design
  3. Best Musical Score
  4. Best Direction of a Second Feature Film

See also


  3. Winston Dixon 1998, p.37
  4. Winston Dixon 1998, p.38
  6. Winston Dixon 1998, p.37

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